TV! (BE WARNED: Mostly Squee-Free Edition)

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Supernatural S06E05: The jokes were kind of un-subtle, and the tension was kind of un-tense, but that second (you know which one)... that second made the hole episode worth it.

Nikita S01E06: I think I'm mostly giving up on the series. Don't get me wrong, Nikita is still more competent that most action heroes (she's a bit like a much better looking, although utterly humorless, Michael Westen). But I don't know what the strategy is here, and I'm beginning to think that nobody has one. Nikita is too much the boy scout, Michael is so gooey it's a miracle he doesn't cancel himself, Percy has the gravitas and strategic depth of Michael Scott, and Alex has no business infiltrating Division, and would have already been killed a dozen times if Birkoff or Amanda were half as competent as they are supposed to be. I like her very much, but she's a Dick/Jason!Robin, not a Tim!Robin.

TV! (Hyperbolic Edition)

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Fringe S3E03: Walternate has the largest laboratory in the multiverse. And a pen is the most awesome thing you can kill someone with.

Nikita S1E05: Division has the worst internal security in the world. And Nikita is aiming (without hope, I might add) at Bruce's title for Most Reckless Endangerment of Minors in the Pursuit of Justice.

SPN S6E03: Castiel is the grumpiest airquoting badass motherfucker in the universe. And Sam still rocks as Winchester Most Likely To Be/come Evil, even on the face of Grandpa Samuel's obvious dark vibe. It's not that Sam is oblivious, I think - he just really doesn't see the problem.

TV! (Questions Edition)

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Nikita S01E04: What's Nikita's plan, really? (I wouldn't even bother asking this question about "La Femme Nikita", but here, I think, it's a valid question. This Nikita has prepared this, and I'm quite sure the one-op-at-a-time approach can only be a prelude or even a distraction.)

Fringe S03E02: What's Walternate's plan, really? What's his goal anyway? And why hasn't he just killed Walter? (which would make sense from both personal and strategic points of view) (this might have all been answered in the series, I haven't watched all eps of the previous seasons)

Supernatural S06E02: Is there any wonder that Lucifer chose Sam? And are we sure Lisa isn't a trasmogrified Castiel?

Nikita, S01E1

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Back in the day, hyper-technological, hyper-tactical, shadowy intelligence organizations were cool. Hence The Femme Nikita, which took everything even half-cool about the CIA paradigm, and amped it up to twelve. And, ye gods, wasn't it cool.

Today we live in a time of hyper-technological, hyper-tactical, shadowy organizations driven by abstract tactical profiles and insane internal politics. We call it "the work environment." And you know what? It's not cool. Not because it's oppressively effective, but because it's oppressive yet ineffective, baroque but pointless. It's stupid, it's ugly, it's stupidifying, it's uglifying. It sucks, and just for that, it deserves to be taken down hard.

Hence Nikita.

I'm still reserving judgement about the whole of it (the new Michael, Ops, and Madeline seem less interesting than the originals, and the Birkoff is bleh so far), but I like this Nikita much better, and Alex is pinging all my Robin alarms.

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